Product Documentation

Introduction to the Citrix NetScaler Product Line

Aug 07, 2015

The Citrix NetScaler product line optimizes delivery of applications over the Internet and private networks, combining application-level security, optimization, and traffic management into a single, integrated appliance. You install a NetScaler appliance in your server room and route all connections to your managed servers through it. The NetScaler features that you enable and the policies you set are then applied to incoming and outgoing traffic.

A NetScaler can be integrated into any network as a complement to existing load balancers, servers, caches, and firewalls. It requires no additional client or server side software, and can be configured using the NetScaler web-based GUI and CLI configuration utilities.

NetScaler appliances are available in a variety of hardware platforms that have a range of specifications, including multicore processors.

The NetScaler operating system is the base operating system for all NetScaler hardware platforms. The NetScaler operating system is available in three editions: Standard, Enterprise, and Platinum.

Citrix NetScaler Hardware Platforms

NetScaler hardware is available in a variety of platforms that have a range of hardware specifications, including multicore processors. All hardware platforms support some combination of Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

The following platforms are available for NetScaler.

  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 5500
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 5550/5650
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 7500/9500
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 8200/8400/8600
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 9700/10500/12500/15500
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 17500/19500/21500
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 22040/22060/22080/22100/22120
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 24100/24150
  • Citrix NetScaler MPX 25100T/25160T

For more information about the hardware platform specifications, see Hardware Platforms.

The following tables list different editions of the NetScaler and the hardware platforms on which they are available.

                     Table 1. Product Editions and MPX Hardware Platforms                                          

Hardware

MPX 5500

MPX 5550/5650

MPX 7500/9500

MPX 8200/8400/8600

MPX 24100/24150

MPX 25100T/25160T

Platinum Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enterprise Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standard Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


                    Table 2. Product Editions and MPX Hardware Platforms (contd.)

Hardware

MPX 9700/10500/12500/15500

MPX 17500/19500/21500

MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550

Platinum Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enterprise Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standard Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

 
                    Table 3. Product Editions and MPX Hardware Platforms (contd.)

Hardware

MPX 22040/22060/22080/22100/22120

MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500

MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542

Platinum Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enterprise Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standard Edition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Citrix NetScaler Editions

Updated: 2013-09-04

The NetScaler operating system is available in Standard, Enterprise, and Platinum editions. The Enterprise and Standard editions have limited features available. Feature licenses are required for all editions.

For instructions on how to obtain and install licenses, see "http://support.citrix.com/article/ctx121062."

The Citrix NetScaler editions are described as follows:

  • Citrix NetScaler, Standard Edition. Provides small and medium enterprises with comprehensive Layer 4- Layer 7 (L4-L7) traffic management, enabling increased web application availability.
  • Citrix NetScaler, Enterprise Edition. Provides web application acceleration and advanced L4-L7 traffic management, enabling enterprises to increase web application performance and availability and reduce datacenter costs.
  • Citrix NetScaler, Platinum Edition. Provides a web application delivery solution that reduces data center costs and accelerates application performance, with end-to-end visibility of application performance, and provides advanced application security.

The following table summarizes the features supported by each edition in the Citrix NetScaler product line:

Table 3. Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Product Line Features
Key Features Platinum Edition Enterprise Edition Standard Edition
Application availability      
Layer 4 load balancing Yes Yes Yes
Layer 7 content switching Yes Yes Yes
AppExpert rate controls Yes Yes Yes
IPv6 support Yes Yes Yes
Global server load balancing (GSLB) Yes Yes Optional
Dynamic routing protocols Yes Yes No
Surge protection Yes Yes No
Priority queuing Yes Yes No
Application acceleration      
Client and server TCP optimizations Yes Yes Yes
Citrix AppCompress for HTTP Yes Yes Optional
Citrix AppCache Yes Optional No
Citrix Branch Repeater client Yes No No
Application security      
Layer 4 DoS defenses Yes Yes Yes
Layer 7 content filtering Yes Yes Yes
HTTP/URL Rewrite Yes Yes Yes
NetScaler Gateway, EE SSL VPN Yes Yes Yes
Layer 7 DoS Defenses Yes Yes No
AAA security Yes Yes No
Application firewall with XML security Yes Optional No
Simple manageability      
AppExpert visual policy builder Yes Yes Yes
AppExpert service callouts Yes Yes Yes
AppExpert templates Yes Yes Yes
Role-based administration Yes Yes Yes
Configuration wizards Yes Yes Yes
Citrix Command Center Yes Yes No
Citrix EdgeSight for NetScaler Yes Optional No
Web 2.0 optimization      
Rich Internet application support Yes Yes Yes
Advanced server offload Yes Yes No
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)      
TCP buffering Yes Yes Yes
TCP multiplexing Yes Yes Yes
SSL offload and acceleration Yes Yes Yes
Cache redirection Yes Yes No
Citrix EasyCall Yes No No
Note: While we have taken care to ensure absolute accuracy when compiling this information, it might change. For the latest information, see Citrix Support at "http://www.citrix.com."

Supported Releases on NetScaler Hardware

Updated: 2014-06-30

The following table lists the earliest NetScaler builds for releases that are supported on the NetScaler MPX platforms.

Hardware

Software Release

Software Build #

MPX 5500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 5550/5650

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

71.6.nc and later

9.3

59.5.nc and later

MPX 7500/9500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 8005/8015

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

122.17.nc and later

9.3

65.8.nc and later

MPX 8200/8400/8600

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

70.7.nc and later

9.3

58.5.nc and later

MPX 9700/10500/12500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 9700/10500/12500 10G

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 15500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 15500 10G

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 11500/13500/14500/16500/18500/20500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

52.3.nc and later

MPX 11515/11520/11530/11540/11542

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

123.11.nc and later

9.3

65.8.nc and later

MPX 15000

11.0

Not supported

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 17000

11.0

Not supported

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 17500/19500/21500

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

All

MPX 17550/19550/20550/21550

11.0

All

10.5

All

10.1

All

10.0

All

9.3

53.5.nc and later

MPX 22040/22060/22080/22100/22120

11.0

All

10.5

51.10.nc and later

10.1

123.11.nc and later

9.3

65.8.nc and later

MPX 24100/24150

11.0

All

10.5

51.10.nc and later

10.1

129.11.nc and later

MPX 25100T/25160T

11.0

All

10.5

57.7.nc and later

10.1

132.8.nc and later

 

Supported Browsers

Updated: 2014-06-24

To access the configuration utility and Dashboard, your workstation must have a supported web browser and version 1.6 or above of the Java applet plug-in installed.

Operating System Browser Versions
Windows 7 Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10
Mozilla Firefox 3.6.25 and above
Google Chrome 15 and above
Windows 64 bit Internet Explorer 8 and 9
Google Chrome 15 and above
MAC Mozilla Firefox 12 and above
Safari 5.1.3
Google Chrome 15 and above